Alexander Wants to Put on a Show

When college coaches this summer asked Nicholas Alexander, the 6-4, 240-pound defensive end prospect from Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw, for some videotape highlights of him in action from last season, he said had nothing to give them. But he's hoping to score some highlights soon...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw defensive end Nicholas Alexander (6-4, 240), who was one of the standouts at the UCLA 1-Day Camp in June, is still patiently awaiting his first scholarship offer.

But the dialogue between Alexander and a handful of colleges has been encouraging to him.

"I've been talking the most with Washington, Minnesota, Syracuse and Oregon, plus Arizona State and UCLA," said Alexander. "I don't have an offer yet, but I think when coaches see my tape after we start the season, then my offers will start to come."

Alexander did his part this spring by going to camps but a lack of highlights on the defensive side of the ball to put on a highlight reel has put him a step behind.

"Coaches wanted to see my highlight film of my junior year but it was almost all me playing on the offensive line, where I played the majority of my time. But this year, I'm starting on defense and schools have said that they want to come out and see me play," said Alexander.

Alexander did say five schools stood out for him, three coming from the Pac-10.

"My top five schools are Washington, Minnesota, Syracuse, UCLA and Arizona State," said Alexander. "My favorite of all of them would be Minnesota. I love it out there."

Alexander also has some family ties that run deep with the Gopher program.

"I visited Minnesota this summer and I went to the full pads camp. My grandfather is Carl Eller. He played for Minnesota and for the Vikings, too, and he's an NFL Hall of Famer. Minnesota is where he'd like to see me go," said Alexander.

Closer to home, the three Pac-10 schools have made an impression.

"Coach (Eric) Yarber was here a lot last year recruiting Kemonte (Bateman) and Clint (Floyd) to Arizona State so I know him. Washington has offered my teammate (Marcus Andrews) and they said they would be watching more of my highlights. And UCLA is close to home and I camped there. I know BP (Brian Price) and Raymond Carter, they were seniors when I was a sophomore."

Wherever Alexander picks, it won't be for a while.

"I want to take some official visits come fall, then I'll probably come closer to deciding," said Alexander. "I'm just waiting for those offers to come in."

Academically, Alexander has a 3.2 GPA and scored an 1160 on the SAT.

Crenshaw opens their season with Lakewood next weekend.

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